2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
May our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, who loved us and in his special favor gave us everlasting comfort and good hope, 17 comfort your hearts and give you strength in every good thing you do and say. NLT
Have you ever had a Bible passage jump out at you? This one did to me. I read it again and again. It says to me that I can find God’s comfort and strength in every good thing I do and in every good thing I say. It makes sense but it seems too simple—like a formula: good deeds and words = God’s comfort. But you know what? It’s true. If we genuinely seek to help others in deeds and words we will be blessed by God! And haven’t we all experienced it. I can think of several cases where that has happened to me.
But why do I so easily forget it? And then when I am in need of comfort I cry out to God for it, as if I have no clue as to how to get it. Please let this passage (above) be a constant promise to you and a reminder of how to be comforted. It can always be relied on.
Here in a nutshell is what God is saying to me from the above passage about how to be comforted: God is our source of comfort, and it comes to us when we forget about our own problems and go and look for someone else to comfort; then do something good for them and say something encouraging to them.
Here is another passage that I have always found helpful:
And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. KJV